The RRT member will consider your whole case again with fresh eyes and come to its own decision about your case. The RRT member will essentially be applying the same test that the DIAC officer did to decide your case, but just will make their own decision about it. The main thing they will consider is, does your situation fit the definition of who a refugee is?
To remember who a refugee is please click here. The RRT will look at the same types of things the DIAC officer looked at when he or she decided your application. Please click on this link to find out more about what the DIAC case officer looked for to decide if you are a refugee.
When making a decision, the RRT member will look at:
- All evidence you provided to the DIAC during the initial application process
- Any other evidence gathered by the DIAC during your initial application process
- The reasons why the DIAC refused your application
- All new evidence and submissions that you submit to the RRT
- All new evidence you provide at your RRT hearing
The RRT can also conduct its own investigations, for example they may contact your friends or family if you have provided evidence from or about them, or even your employer if you have provided evidence from or about them. Sometimes the RRT will also contact the organisation you claim to be a member of.